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May 2 016
New Chair Appointed
Janice Neil to lead Ryerson School of Journalism

A note from Charles Falzon, Dean of Ryerson's Faculty of Communication and Design:

"The School of Journalism at Ryerson is renowned for teaching students the critical skills to succeed in print, broadcast and online journalism. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through publications like the highly regarded Ryerson Review of Journalism and The Ryersonian. As the journalism industry continues to evolve, I have confidence in the School's ability under Janice's leadership to be on the leading edge of that change, preparing students not only to succeed within that future but to help shape it. Journalism remains a vital part of the cultural, creative and political landscape in this country, and the school is one of FCAD's defining strengths as a creative innovation hub and place for future-oriented scholarly research  ( full story )." 
Journalism Transformations Colloquium
Public lecture: The Audience Revolution

In this public event, which opened the Journalism Transformations colloquium at Ryerson on April 28, invited experts Alex Watson (Telegraph Media Group),  Kim Schroder (Roskilde University) and Philip Napoli (Rutgers University), presented the latest on transformations in audience and how technological innovations in journalism and publishing are at once responding to and advancing these changing needs. Retha Hill (Arizona State University) was the discussant. Read the archived live-blog here:  http://transformations.journalism.ryerson.ca/live-coverage-the-audience-revolution/  

A time to embrace uncertainty: Shapiro

This is a lightly edited version of RSJ Chair Ivor Shapiro's closing remarks at the Journalism Transformations colloquium:

We have learned that no single universal theory of news audiences is out there to explain news consumption now or in the future. The answer for one community will not be that for another, and the same goes for newsrooms and news businesses. Mobile, websites, tablets, blogs, virtual, podcasts, print, yet-to-be-found interfaces, hyperlocal, specialist, national, international: we live in the age of "all of the above." There isn't one kind of news user, or one kind of news, or one value proposition for journalism education. It is "all of the above," or it is strategic selection.

Read the complete text here:  

Full coverage: For full coverage of the innovative, one-day colloquium on how transformations in audiences, technology and education are reshaping journalism
education:  http://transformations.journalism.ryerson.ca/ 
Capstone Projects
RSJ fourth-year students share their innovative projects.

A Grand Affair 2016
JCU hosts awards night to celebrate student work
For the third year in a row, the Ryerson Journalism Course Union hosted its semi-formal, A Grand Affair. It was held on April 7 at Fountain Blu on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

"I think it went really well," said JCU president Madonna Dennis. "We had a lot of people and some people did show up a little later than what we expected." This year was the first time the event has sold out.

The award ceremony featured many talented journalism students, staff and faculty members. Students were nominated for both written and visual pieces. Winners were selected by their peers   ( full story ).   
Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association

Call for nominations

The Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association is calling for Headliner nominations! Do you know any journalism alumni who've made a mark in their industry? 

Email  rjaa@ryerson.ca (or send us a message on social media) with who you're nominating and why.  Contact us  here
RSJ Voices
Video: Grads reflect on j-school experience 

 Sachin Seth (RSJ '11)

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
Grads at Work
Kathleen Goldhar
(RSJ  '96)
Executive producer of CBC Radio's 
The Current

Since you have a history in print what would you say you enjoy most, print or radio?

Radio, 100 per cent. I love telling stories on radio. I love how intimate radio is. I love how it's so personal and so straight to your heart. Working at The Current I've been able to tell in depth and big stories on radio. I just like the way that you're able to bring so much humanity into radio (full story). 

Grads at Work is an occasional series of profiles of RSJ alums. If you know of a notable grad you'd like to see featured, send us an email at office.journalism@ryerson.ca.
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Don't be a stranger!

Alumni can stay connected in several ways: 
  • Volunteer to be your newsroom's contact to help us stay in touch or find partnership opportunities. 
  • Contribute to J-Source, Canada's journalism portal, whose editorial centre is now housed at Ryerson. 
  • Join other alumni to foster journalism in the developing world, starting in the winter of 2015 (see above).
  • Take a tour of the School. 
Whatever your choice, let us know and we'll be in touch.

Upcoming Events
May 14-15, 2016
2016 Toronto Watchdog Workshop (Investigative Reporters & Editors)
Co-hosted by Veritas Foundation and Ryerson School of Journalism.  Register here  (80 Gould St. , Toronto)
June 13, 2016
RSJ Spring Convocation  (Ryerson
 Theatre, 2:30 p.m.)

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